I'm sorry, but I have to respectfully disagree with you. Scientific evidence leans more towards the other side of things, there is no actually proof that states that every single high quality lossy file is exactly the same to every healthy human ear as its lossless counterpart. You can link whatever you'd like or tell me anyone's opinion, but there is not a well funded research organization populated with well suited audio technical engineers that have ever had enough proof to end this discussion. That is why it is even an issue to this day, why do you think anyone brings this up on a daily basis? We do not debate if green is the same color as red, even though my friend who is color blind does in fact see those two colors as the same exact color. I'm not exactly saying that your opinion is wrong bigshot, I am just saying that there is a chance that what you believe so passionately about could possibly have holes in it. I never claimed and probably will never claim that lossless is always better to my ears than lossy, I just think that the possibility exists. Im a very reasonable person. Instead of taking a chance (no matter if that chance is the size of a fermion), I choose a codec that has literally no room for debate in and of itself, and that does not affect me negatively in anyway. This debate can go on forever, at the end of the day you have to be reasonable. Like I said, I believe both can be right, but not one, and we know which that is. I am not against anyone who disagrees with me, but completely looking over the possibility doesn't make logical sense. We could get hit by a meteor at any moment that could wipe out our entire race (in fact we are past due for that to happen), would I bet everything I had that it was going to happen in my lifetime? No I wouldn't, but would I pretend to know for a fact that it couldn't happen? Of course not, that is very possible. Astronomers technology and research is only so advanced right now, much like sound scientists and audio research development.. there is no proof right now saying that it will happen or won't happen, but any sane astronomer would never completely dismiss a possibility unless there was firm evidence backing it up, but there isn't. I think that story can closely relate to one another, because we cannot overcome echoic memory or many other factors which are holding us back from knowing this topic to the point of being unable to debate. Just as we cannot overcome telescope technology and object trajectory in being able to view everything around us so far away that we can predict a century's worth of exact collisions, we only have the ability to predict and understand possibilities. (Until of course you have a smaller time frame to work with - as far as astronomy goes). Maybe that was a bad way to compare, but at least you understand where I am coming from, saying my way or the highway is the only thing that I will never understand, you can't just dismiss everything because of your tests, or any other persons tests for that matter. In the end no one person can extensively test thousands of albums while overcoming echoic memory. Which makes tests not 100% accurate, only confirms how small a difference can be, if there is one at all. What I am trying to say is, acknowledge chance, this is not something every logical person can agree on, or they would. There isn't enough proof out there to stop us from talking about this right now, I for one will completely stick to my opinion that being one hundred percent "safe" and future proof is better than not. Either way, you can't say over and over that you are correct and just move on, without accepting some sort of possibility and reason. I will never that my way is better, because I could be the one wasting time here. I don't keep my files on 500 read 500 write solid state drives, there is no way. I keep mine on magnetic hard disks. The transfer rate is terrible compared to flash.. Lossless audio, even FLAC, definitely takes up more space. It is compatible on my portable devices, so that isn't an factor, but the others are. I without a doubt think about it when I listen to internet radio, youtube, etc. I knew way before this discussion that youtube, at its very best possible quality, uses 192 aac. For that very same reason, I avoid youtube as a source for music, because most of the time it sounds terrible. I sometimes listen to internet radio for something refreshing and to introduce me to new music, not because I am seeking the highest possible quality. It isn't like I run from lossy audio, I just avoid it if I can. Please listen to what I am saying. Thank You.